Month: November 2012

Provisional FIM MotoGP entry list announced

A full list of 24 riders has been announced for the MotoGp 2013 season, half of which are CRT entries.

Avintia are yet to reveal who will supply their engine while it appears Jorge Lorenzo will ride with his regular 99 and not take the number one available to him as current World Champion. The list also reveals that the Paul Bird Motorsports team will feature, as long rumoured, Yonny Hernandez on James Ellison’s old Aprillia ART seat but after much speculation he will be joined by Michael Laverty on a PBM machine. There is one place yet to be filled as Petrucci is awaiting his partner at Ioda.

Full list below, * denotes a CRT entry:

Yamaha Factory Racing (Yamaha)

46 Valentino Rossi (ITA)

99 Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)

Repsol Honda Team (Honda)

26 Dani Pedrosa (SPA)

93 Marc Marquez (SPA)

Ducati Team (Ducati)

4 Andrea Dovisoso (ITA)

69 Nicky Hayden (USA)

Monster Yamaha Tech3 (Yamaha)

35 Cal Crutchlow (GBR)

38 Bradley Smith (GBR)

Pramac Racing Team (Ducati)

11 Ben Spies (USA)

29 Andrea Iannone (ITA)

LCR Honda MotoGP (Honda)

Stefan Bradl (GER)

Go & Fun Honda Gresini (Honda)

19 Alvaro Bautista (SPA)

67 Bryan Staring (AUS) (FTR Honda)*

Power Electronics Aspar (ART)*

14 Randy de Puniet (FRA)

41 Aleix Espargaro (SPA)

Avintia Blusens (FTR)*

8 Hector Barbera (SPA)

7 Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)

NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR Kawasaki)*

5 Colin Edwards (USA)

71 Claudio Corti (ITA)

Cardion AB Motoracing (ART)*

17 Karel Abraham (CZE)

Paul Bird Motorsport (ART & PBM)*

68 Yonny Hernandez (COL) (ART)

33 Michael Laverty (GBR) (PBM)

Came IodaRacing Project (Ioda-Suter)*

9 Danilo Petrucci (ITA)




Provisional Moto2 2013 entry list announced

The FIM has released a provisional 33 rider strong entry list for the 2013 Moto2 season.

FTR, Motobi and Moriwaki, and new manufacturer Motobost all have one chassis entry each amongst the Suter and Kalex domination.
Mike di Meglio has secured himself a permanent ride at JiR after spending 2012 as a super-sub, Johann Zarco can now be found at Ioda, Indonesian Rafid Topan Sucipto who impressed in his 2012 wild card appearance rides at QMMF in place of Elena Rosell.

Gino Rea is not listed, but his 2012 team mate Ratthapark Wiliarot retains his Gresini seat.

Full list below:

Tuenti HP 40 (Pons Kalex)
40 Pol Espargaro (SPA)

49 Axel Pons (SPA)

80 Esteve Rabat (SPA)

Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter)

18 Nicolas Terol (SPA)

81 Jordi Torres (SPA)

Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex)

36 Mika Kallio (FIN)

45 Scott Redding (GBR)

Tech 3 (Tech 3)

52 Danny Kent (GBR)

96 Louis Rossi (FRA)

Gresini Moto2 (Suter)

14 Ratthapark Wilairot (THA) (Honda Gresini)

7 Doni Tata Pradita (IND) (Federal Oil Gresini)

Blusens Avintia (Kalex)
24 Toni Elias (SPA)

8 Kyle Smith (GBR)

SAG (stop and go) Team (Kalex)

19 Xavier Simeon (BEL)
23 Marcel Schrotter (GER)

Arginano Y Gines Racing (Motobost)
17 Alberto Moncayo (SPA)

44 Steven Odendaal (RSA)

Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex)
30 Takaaki Nakagami (JPN)
60 Julian Simon (SPA)

Technomag Carxpert (Suter)
77 Dominique Aegerter(SWI)
4 Randy Krummenacher (SWI)

NGM Forward Racing (Speed Up)
88 Ricky Cardus (SPA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing

15 Alex de Angelis (RSM) NGM Mobile Forward Racing

3 Simone Corsi (ITA) NGM Mobile Racing

54 Mattia Pasini (ITA) NGM Mobile Racing

QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up)
95 Anthony West (AUS)

97 Rafid Topan Sucipto (IND)

JiR Moto2 (Motobi)
63 Mike Di Meglio (FRA)

Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex)

11 Sandro Cortese (GER)

Interwetten Paddock (Suter)
12 Thomas Luthi (SWI)

Came Iodaracing Project (Suter)
5 Johann Zarco (FRA)

To Be Confirmed TBC Honda Racing Asia Tady (Moriwaki)
To Be Confirmed TBC ESGP Moto2 (FTR)

Provisional 2013 Moto3 entry list announced

The FIM has released the 2013 provisional riders list with 32 names announced for the class. The list, grouped here by team to see who is riding with who, reveals that Mahindra remain the only bike on the grid not to use Honda or KTM power, Zulfahmi Khairuddin moves into the main Red Bull KTM Ajo team and lists Ana Carrasco as the only female racer in the paddock at Laglisse, where she is partner to Maverick Vinales. Brazilian teen Eric Granado moves down a class after appearing in Moto2 last season after his sixteenth birthday, he now rides at Aspar alongside Jonas Folger.

Here’s the full list:

Team Italia FMI (FTR Honda)
4 Francesco Bagnaia (ITA)
5 Romano Fenati (ITA)

Mahindra Racing (Mahindra)

44 Miguel Oliveira (POR)
7 Efren Vazquez (SPA)


Racing Team Germany

8 Jack Miller (AUS)

17 John McPhee (GBR)


JHK T-Shirt Laglisse (KTM)

22 Ana Carrasco (SPA)

25 Maverick Vinales (SPA)


Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM)

57 Eric Granado (BRA)

94 Jonas Folger (GER)

Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM)

9 Toni Finsterbusch (GER)
66 Florian Alt (GER)

Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM)

42 Alex Rins (SPA)

12 Alex Marquez (SPA)

Caretta Technology (Honda)
19 Alessandro Tonucci (ITA)

29 Hyuga Watanabe (JPN )

Go & Fun Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda)
23 Niccolo Antonelli (ITA)
77 Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA)

Ongetta Team (FTR Honda)
32 Isaac Vinales (SPA) (Bimbo – Ongetta-Centro)

3 Matteo Ferrari (ITA) (Ongetta-Centro Seta)


Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM)
39 Luis Salom (SPA)
61 Arthur Sissis (AUS)
63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (MAL)

RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM)
53 Jasper Iwema (NED) RW Racing GP

84 Jakub Kornfeil (CZE) Redox RW Racing GP

Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) (WorldWide Communication team)
41 Brad Binder (RSA)
99 Danny Webb (GBR)

CIP Team (TSR Honda)

89 Alan Techer (FRA )

58 Juanfran Guevara (SPA)

Paddock TT Motion (Kalex KTM)

65 Philipp Oettl (GER)

Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex KTM)

11 Livio Loi (BEL)

Avant Tecno (KTM)

31 Niklas Ajo (FIN)

Moto3: Girl Racers? Ana Carrasco set to be first female Moto3 rider at Laglisse

Ana Carrasco looks certain to become Moto3’s first female participant after talking of her deal with the JHK T-shirt Laglisse outfit for 2013.

The 15 year old currently rides for the team in the CEV Buckler Moto3 category of the Spanish championship on a Honda and ahead of the final round is 17th in the standings with 20 points and is one of three girls to compete, alongside Montserrat Costa and Repsol sponsored Maria Herrera.

The Laglisse team used a FTR Honda for the majority of the 2012 season but are expected to switch to KTM for 2013, a move mentioned by Carrassco on her Twitter feed, where her status confirms her promotion to the junior class:

“Confirmed on the IRTA list for Moto3 World Championship 2013 KTM will run with the team Laglisse.”

The teams other riders are yet to be confirmed but they are looking to change their entire line up – Vaquez has already announced his move to Mahindra – and are rumoured in the Spanish press to be the team most interested in paying the fee to release Maverick Vinales from his Blusens Avintia contract.

Carrassco will not run with her usual number 32 as that is currently used by Isaac Vinales, who remains in Moto3 after a move to the CBC Corse team where he is joined by newcomer Matteo Farrari, and will instead use 22 – the old number of team director and former 125cc race winner Pablo Nieto.

For full details and to comment or discuss further see my full article here at

My favourite helmet design of 2012

I have always been a big fan of the way motorcycle riders can show a little of their personality through the bits of their kit they have the ability to personalise and the most obvious example of this is usually their helmets.

Fastest in testing in a Kalex top three and championship runner up Pol Espargaro ran with a AGV helmet that, especially after THAT crash with Marc Marquez, summed up his season perfectly:

Pol Espargaro 2012 AGV Never Give Up helmet

A neat summary of Espargaro’s season – on a helmet!

Romano Fenati back with Team Italia for 2013

After narrowly missing out on the accolade of ‘rookie of the year’ to Alex Rins after a close battle between the two this season, Italian teenager Romano Fenati can celebrate a secure future instead with the news he is confirmed to ride for his current team Team Italia FMI for the 2013 season.

The Italian teenager impressed in his rookie year with a string of strong results, including a race win at a wet Jerez and three further podium finishes.

Team Italia have made it their goal to nurture new Italian riders as there were few coming through the system after Andrea Iannone and the late Marco Simoncelli and have revealed that Fenati will have a new team mate next season in the shape of 15 year old Francesco Bagnaia, who will be sixteen during the winter break so able to race from the start of the season unlike new Marc VDS Moto3 signing Livio Loi or Eric Granado in this year’s Moto2 championship.

Bagnaia currently race in the CIV Moto3 Spanish championship and is third before the final round for the Monlau Competicion squad where he was the partner to championship winner Alex Marquez.

More on Fenati’s achievements so far here:

Moto3: Valencia wild card Juan Fransisco Guevara earns full 2013 ride with CIP

Coming to Moto3 in 2013 to give Maverick Vinales a challenge for best name in the paddock if nothing else is the Spanish teenager Juan Fransisco Guevara.

The 17 year old impressed with a 12th place in his second wild card grand prix race at the Ricardo Tormo circuit and the French CIP team (Technomag no longer appear to be involved) have snapped him up for a full time ride alongside Alan Techer who has renewed his contract with the outfit after finishing 22nd in the final standings.

Guevara still has unfinished racing business this year as he is due to compete in the seventh and final round of the Moto3 CEV Spanish championship. He is due to test his new Moto3 machine next week.

Valentino Rossi back on a Yamaha in the wet

It’s an image many had been looking forward to, Valentino Rossi back on a Yamaha!

The multiple world champion has not yet had a chance to show the world the return to form his fans around the globe had been waiting and hoping for – the image (from, who have detailed coverage of the tests) shows Rossi during his run in the wet in Valencia, after which the Yamaha team elected to move on to Aragon – where the rain followed them.

‘The Doctor’ is yet to reveal much on his time at Ducati as he is not allowed to do so by contract – MotoGP contracts run until the end of the year, not season, and it is a part of the conditions involved in being allowed to test for Yamaha alongside Jorge Lorenzo who’s highlight at the Valencia test was being pictured eating an apple on the pit wall, followed by a crash in the wet at Aragon.

Valentino Rossi Test Yamaha Valencia

Valentino on his Yamaha test bike at Valencia

Nicky Hayden’s ‘Nicky-4’ Arai helmet due for launch

More noted this season for launching into the gravel and off the Ducati with it’s owner Nicky Hayden the replica of the ‘Kentucky Kid’s regular 2012 helmet is due to be available to the general public imminently.

Nicky Hayden Arai Helmet 2012

Nicky Hayden Replica – Arai corsair V ‘Nicky-4’ 2012 helmet
Image via @NickyHayden via Twitter

The ‘Nicky-4’ Like  features a matte finish on a Arai Corsair V helmet and comes with the option of a dark tinted visor. The graphics are by Hayden’s usual designer Starline. Keep an eye on for an exact November release date or if you are more a more adventurous Hayden fan(and it’s still in stock) you could opt for the ‘Easy Rider’ style ‘Easy Hayden’ design used at the U.S. rounds in 2012, due for an official February release. See more here:

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